Road safety

Road safety is everyone's responsibility

Reducing the number and severity of crashes occurring on our transport network is a shared responsibility. It requires government, industry and the community working together to create a safer transport system. From planning and design to the choices we make to travel safely – as a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or driver – we are all responsible.

Road Safety Plan 2021–2026

We are committed to improving road safety. Council endorsed the Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2021–2026 in September 2021. The new plan builds on the achievements of the Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015–2020 and provides a blueprint for how the City of Gold Coast and our partners will work together to reduce road trauma on the city's transport system.

We are implementing sustainable and effective solutions to deliver a road safety vision of reducing crashes, saving lives and preventing serious road trauma on the Gold Coast transport network.

Road rules

The Queensland Government has road rules so we can use our roads safely and efficiently.

Did you know the road rules also contain regulations for the safe use of our paths and the safe sharing of our roads with other users, for example, horses, trams and emergency vehicles?

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Get Home Safe initiative

The Gold Coast has a vibrant nightlife and features a range of entertainment options for a great night out with friends or family.

If you're going for a night out, it's easy to think ahead – make sure you plan how to get home safe.

Organise a lift, catch a taxi, rideshare or public transport, designate a driver or stay at a mate's place.

Printable materials for venues and education

For information on keeping safe visit Drink driving – Get the facts

Motorcycle safety

Motorcycling on the Gold Coast is unique, from our coast side urban roads to our rural and hinterland routes. Each has its own challenges and risks. On hinterland roads drivers and riders experience a wider variety of road conditions, more roadside and environmental hazards and greater speed variation.

Whether you are experienced, new to riding or haven’t been riding for a while, there are simple things you can do to help keep safe.

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Seniors road safety

The proportion of senior residents in our city has increased over the last 5 years. While many of our seniors remain reliant on private transport to maintain independence and quality of life, other options are available.

Download Seniors' safe travel guide(PDF, 3MB)

Youth road safety

Our young people continue to be over-represented in our road trauma statistics.

Young drivers aged between 17 and 24 years are considered one of the most at-risk groups to be involved in crashes on our roads.

Advice for learners and young drivers

  • On-road driving experience helps develop and practice skills like recognising road rules, road conditions and hazards.
  • Take your time and follow the graduated licensing system.
  • Ensure you and your passengers always wear a seatbelt.
  • Don't get distracted by your phone or your passengers.
  • Be aware of your own ability and limitations.

Download Youth road safety on the Gold Coast(PDF, 825KB)

Cyclist safety

Cyclists with a broad range of capabilities and different confidence levels use our pathways and roads. Whether you're riding, driving or walking, we all need to share our roads and paths responsibly.

To learn useful safety tips and view maps, see our Gold Coast Cycling guide(PDF, 15MB)

Download Bicycle safety on the Gold Coast(PDF, 1MB)

Pedestrian safety

Whether you're crossing the road or walking along our pathways in your neighbourhood, to your school, in the park or along our beautiful coastline, it's important to be aware of other road or path users and your surroundings. To help keep safe, remember:

  • be alert and aware of what's happening around you
  • take care when crossing a driveway or the road and never assume other people have seen you.

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Pathway safety

Our pathways can be very busy, especially in peak times, with people of all ages, abilities and levels of experience walking, running, riding and skating. They can be especially busy in our activity precincts, near our playgrounds, surf clubs, barbeque and picnic areas and our beautiful ocean and waterways.

We all have a part to play in keeping each other safe.

If you're on wheels, be courteous, keep to the left and slow down.

  • Give way to pedestrians.
  • Travel at a safe speed to stop safely and avoid colliding with anyone.
  • Travel at a safe distance from others so you can avoid a collision.
  • When riding, wear a helmet.
  • Keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices.

If you’re on foot, be courteous, keep left and stay alert.

  • Keep to the left of the path.
  • Don't stand still and block the path.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • If you have to stop, remember someone might be behind you.

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Rules for bicycles, skateboards, foot scooters and similar

Non-compliant vehicles and devices

Safe speeds

Road safety includes travelling at a safe speed. Speeding is a major factor in serious and fatal injury crashes on the Gold Coast. On most trips, speeding will save you very little time. Travelling even a little of over the speed limit is not only illegal, it increases the distance you need to stop and the risk of injury and death if you have a crash.

The speed limit for any street represents the maximum speed you are permitted to travel. Depending on the conditions, you may need to reduce your speed to travel safely, irrespective of the speed limit.

Speeding includes:

  • driving faster than the legal speed limit
  • driving too fast for current conditions, for example, road and roadside, weather, light, traffic, and wildlife or other animals.

Local streets

Let's work together to make our local streets safer for all of us.

Drive Safe speed awareness initiative: Through the deployment of our ‘smiley face’ speed awareness devices, we can raise awareness of the speed limit and encourage safer travel speeds in our local streets.

50km/h In My Street: Speed limit awareness signs on our wheelie bins. We are trialling these signs on general waste wheelie bins, at selected locations, to help where speeding has been identified in local residential streets with very low traffic volumes.

PoliceLink: We can help the police by sharing information about the speeding and hooning we witness. Contact police via PoliceLink on 131 444 or online at police.qld.gov.au/policelink-reporting

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